This Timeline Shows the Entire History—and Potential Future—of the Universe

By Jamie Condliffe on at

It can be hard to get your head around the long and complex history of the Universe. But this new timeline by Slovak graphic designer Martin Vargic does a wonderful job of describing the last 13.8 billion years of space—and what might happen in the next 10 billion, too.

Vargic has crammed a lot into this long, scrollable timeline, “from the Big Bang to the heat death of the universe.” Its scale does a nice job of putting our brief time on the planet into perspective, and is so crammed full of facts that even the most nerd-ish space fan is bound to learn something.

The full timeline is below — be warned, it involves quite a lot of scrolling due to its depth of over 23,000 pixels. Vargic has also made the illustration available as an app for Android and iOS, which might prove a nice educational tool at home or in the classroom. [Halcyon Maps]

This Timeline Shows the Entire History—and Potential Future—of the Universe